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A Presentation on Peace 

I am thrilled to share with you my presentation/home concert on peace. It can be viewed on YouTube at the following link: Over the past few months, I have studied with the Institute for Economics and Peace as I work toward becoming a Peace Ambassador. I have learned so much about peace through this program, and I hope that I can successfully convey some of this knowledge to you in this presentation. Also, thank you to those of you who contributed your thoughts on songs that mean or bring peace. (I play a couple of them in this video!) This really added to my total exploration of peace from angles of sound, culture, and personal interpretation. For more information on peace, please visit and

A Sailor's Life for Me! 

I'm currently out at sea playing and singing in the piano bar on Carnival Vista!  It has been an absolutely wonderful experience full of music, fun, great people, and worldly adventure!  The places that I've visited on board the Carnival ships include Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk,Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and the Bahamas.  It's been historically and culturally educational.  One of my favorite experiences was visiting Bob Marley's home and playing the family piano!  Watch my instagram: @mzrags for more pics and updates!

Pictured is me sitting on Bob Marley's inspiration rock in Nine Mile, Jamaica.


Hello my friends, I'm back after taking a needed week of reflection, instead of having things to share or statements to make, I just wanted to go inward a bit and be rather silent. My grandmother passed away last week, and I wanted to have some time with that, reflecting on her, what I know about her and what I don't, remembering that our parents and grandparents all had lives before we even came along! I was trying to make sure I remember and honor characteristics and ways about her that were passed on to my mom, to me and my sister, and probably came from many generations before.  While we are all unique, my grandmother Margaret (yes my sister is named after her) was absolutely no exception in her quirky attitude, and sometimes dark humor!  My grandparents were farmers, I mean, she was dedicated and did not leave their farm - she didn't even see the ocean until recent years when my mom took her to the beach in a wheelchair! (It's a funny story, ask my mom about it when you see her!) I do think that traces of love for the earth, plant life, and animals seeped its ways down through my mom and into my being. The hardworking farming mentality clearly runs through the veins of my mother who grew up working on the farm - she cannot be tamed and spends her free time outside gardening and enjoying the fruits of that manual labor.  My grandparents were of a generation and time that I cannot imagine -World War II.  (I have only heard rumors about my grandfather's experiences in Germany, I wish I knew more, but we never got a chance to talk about it.)  I have tried to imagine all the experiences my grandmother must have had and things she must have seen up until last week with a full life of work, farming, family, cooking (she loved cooking and was great at it!) and her art. She was an artist! I must say this because, though her work may not have been sold or in galleries, her artwork is sprinkled everywhere in the households of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved to paint, put household items together in the most artistic way, and she had the most beautiful handwriting! I have a lamp made out of an emu egg, a pretty red birdhouse, and a dynamic tree creation built out of alphabet blocks and other creatures-all reflections of her wild imagination!  It was just in April when I last visited her, and got a chance to speak with her about what was going on in my life. She'd never said this before to me, but she said it then, that it was important to go to church, especially with your loved ones.  Well, today in church we sang about freedom, and were reminded of what true freedom means.  Now, I just imagine and hope that my grandmother Margaret is free-truly free to soar above this beautiful creation on which we live and join the universal master artist and creator! And that she may be honored and remembered in peace and love.

"Tolerance"... A Year Later 

It's hard to believe that a year has passed since the horrific events in Orlando, killing 49 innocent people. That event, and the discourse that I heard following that event, inspired me to put down a few of my own thoughts to music. The idea was to be tolerant of all people, and resist a notion to let tragedies further a divide between good people of all nationalities, faiths, races, gender, or lifestyle. Rather, these tragedies should serve to bring us all together closer in a common love and bond for humankind. Today, remember how precious it is and what an honor it is to be alive on this planet at the same small blip in time as all other people standing up for good and peace on this earth.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2017! 

I just wanted to send out a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/New Year message to you!  I sang 'O Holy Night' last night at a Christmas Eve Service and realized that this one message should sum it up for all of us: 

"Truly, he taught us to love one another. His law is love and his gospel is peace.  Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother, and in his name all oppression shall cease." 

Regardless of our faiths or any difference as all, peace and love to you today and every day.  All of us, brothers and sisters of humanity, have more in common than not, just by being on this Earth together at the same time and experiencing the same human joys and struggles. 

Back to some music... 

Here are links to a couple songs/videos I recorded from my 'Christmas Studio' this year! 

"Away in a Manger"

"Little Drummer Boy" 

Enjoy the rest of 2016 and get ready for a time of new starts, new goals, new beginnings, or just continued awesomeness in 2017!